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Naked: The Dark Side of Shame and Moral Life

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2018.06.23 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Krista K. Thomason, Naked: The Dark Side of Shame and Moral Life, Oxford University Press, 2018, 236 pp., $85.00, ISBN 9780190843274. Reviewed by Carissa Véliz, University of Oxford This is a worthwhile read for anyone interested in shame and its role in morality. The book is particularly timely given how common public shaming has become in online settings. Krista K. Thomas argues that, even though shame is a negative emotion with potentially damaging consequences, its dark side is outweighed by its moral benefits insofar as shame is constitutive of desirable moral commitments. According to her, being liable to shame is constitutive of respecting other people's points of view, acknowledging others' moral standing, and accepting that our identities are not only set by what we think of ourselves, but also by factors outside of our control that include our personal histories and other people's opinions of us.. . .

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